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It sounds obvious, in retrospect. In the last hundred years, American transportation has changed from horses to cars to staying at home. None of those eras were unanimous, but America has gone through great changes. A hundred years ago, life was rural, self-reliant and traveling by horse if necessary. After World War II, the lifestyle  was enabled by and devoted to cars to the point that commuting by car was the norm, and activities like eating and even watching movies was done in the car. Shopping malls were characterized by their acres of asphalt for parking cars. Our new era is enabled by the Internet. People are more likely to work from home, to shop from home and have the goods delivered, to watch movies at home, and in general, not go out as much. The energy savings are becoming significant.

from 2003 to 2012, U.S. homebodies cut national energy consumption by a whopping 1.8%” – Science/AAAS

The “traditional” car era is fading, and we’ve only just begun an era of urbanization and home-based lifestyles that benefit from living more local whether that is in cities or suburbs – as long as the Internet is operating. More efficient vehicles and better utilization of them plus new capabilities like virtual reality may be significant and unintentional influences on reducing environmental impacts.

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Tell Your Boss” – Science/AAAS

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4 thoughts on “Staying Home Saves Energy

  1. Well, finally I AM doing something while I hole up licking my wounds and trying to devise a new marketing strategy while I ponder the storyline of my next novel. You’ve given me hope! Ed and I certainly save a lot more. We keep our house cooler than most at 66-68 degrees, fill up the dishwasher before we run it, wash our clothes in full load cycles, and have reduced our car usage to every 2-3 days or so. Car usage includes truck usage, which mainly carries garbage to the recycle center ever 2 weeks or so. I wish we had a real fireplace, though. On these rainy days I love the heat of fire, but am reluctant to burn up too much imported (to our property) gas. Words are failing me today, as I can’t recall the type of gas from my active memory thread…

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